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Inspirational Stories

I’m inspired almost every day by people doing amazing things – whether that’s running three 200-milers in three months or finishing a 5k for the very first time. These stories motivate me to keep doing what I’m doing, bu...

Longer or Faster?

Dear Ann, I am new to ultrarunning. Some of my friends are telling me I should try longer races. Others are telling me to improve my time. Should my goal be to run longer or faster? What are your thoughts on this?...

Setting Goals as You Age

Whether you’re new to ultras or have been running for a long time, it’s common for goals to change. One of the best things about endurance running is that it’s possible to keep improving strength and speed well beyond yo...

Zombie Uprising: Back from the Dead

At the end of August I spent time at Six Days in the Dome, crewing a runner and providing general assistance to many other participants in the race. I had a front row seat to all of the action and the rollercoaster of em...

A Lesson in Fear

In September, I had the privilege (and pain) of participating in the 10th edition of the Tor Des Géants. The route is big, boasting over 78,000 feet of climbing in 221 miles. I was under no illusions that this race would...

Band of Runners

Ultrarunning can seem like a selfish pursuit – heading out onto the trails for hours on end, we often leave family at home or defer social engagements with friends because we need to get our long run in. And all for what...

A Passport Photo

As we boarded the flight from Geneva, most of the whispering was from the woman walking with us. It was no surprise, as Courtney Dauwalter had just won UTMB. But in true Courtney and Kevin (Courtney’s husband) fashion, t...

A Running Hero: Gunhild Swanson

Ultrarunning has had a major impact on my life for almost two decades, and there are a few people who have been part of my journey from the beginning. I remember training for my first ultra in the summer of 2001. I was l...

Long Live the Ultrarunner

In 2009, Elizabeth Blackbourn, a scientist at UCSF, was awarded a Nobel Prize for her work discovering telomeres and their importance in aging. Telomeres are repeated sequences of DNA that protect the end of chromosomes...

Don't Drop Out of a Workout

I follow a few basic rules in running that have served me well over the years. One of my rules is: don’t think about it. It’s a rule I follow each day, right when I’m about to make that decision whether to run or not. I’...

Athletes with Disabilities

Over the past few years, runners like Kyle Robidoux have made the ultrarunning news for their participation in races. Kyle is a well-known fixture in the New England running scene, having completed races such as the Verm...

An Ode to ARFTA

A Race For the Ages is an ultra of a different colour. Technically, it is an age-handicapped time race. Held on a one-mile loop in Deadman Park (lovingly known as the Deadman Mile) in Manchester, Tennessee, runners are a...

The Voices of Wasatch

Prior to the start of the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run, before the headlamps of 300 starters quietly snaked their way up the mountainside at East Mountain Wilderness Park in Kaysville, Utah, I left our group stan...

Fall Jacket Reviews

Winter presents different challenges in different parts of the country – and in many cases, a variable of challenges on the same day. The following jackets will provide protection, based on your particular needs.Patagoni...

Ragna Debats

In 2018, Dutch ultrarunner Ragna Debats became both Trail Running and Skyrunning World Champion. She was 39 years old. We met with her after her win at CCC in Chamonix to discuss her future goals.URM: Before we start tal...

The Beginning and the End of a Streak

Maybe it was peer pressure. Maybe it was sleep deprivation. Maybe it was the fact that Death Valley’s heat had cooked my brain like a piece of bacon on a skillet. It was probably a combination of all those things. But wh...

Ultra Good Reads

Ultrarunning has the power to transform, and so does a good book. Many ultrarunners take up the sport as a means to slay demons or deal with hardship and loss. Some have written stories about their journey, and many of t...

The Ties That Bind

It usually begins as a sense of amazement and wonder. There are people wandering around in nature, half-clothed and on foot, covering hundreds of miles and paying good money for the opportunity. For the person who gave y...

It Runs in the Family

It’s difficult to discern nature versus nurture with 16-year-old Sierra Burror. But when it comes to a passion for endurance activities and the outdoors, perhaps it’s irrelevant as she brings both sides of the behavioral...

Katie Grossman

Age: 36Where do you live currently? Wrightwood, CAWhere did you grow up? St. Charles, MOOccupation: Copywriter (advertising)Family (kids, spouse, pets)? Husband, Dominic and daughter, Lindy Mae (15 months)Number of ultra...

Feature Races

Ouray Endurance Run

Was it harder? That’s the question everyone has been asking me. From a past Hardrock champion to the random local I bumped into running on the beach this morning, everyone wants to know how the Ouray 100 compares to Hard...

Kodiak 100

Alex was right. Five hours was barely enough time to run up Sugarloaf and back. He warned me as I ran into him and his crew coming back from the 14-mile roundtrip trek, but still, I had to try. The ascent (a long one) to...

Tahoe 200

This was the race that kept on giving. It cost $1,000 more (entry fee and merchandise) than the most expensive race I have ever done. And let’s face it, there’s no such thing as a cheap 100-miler any more.Yet in terms of...

Race Reports

A Race for the Ages

The fifth annual A Race for the Ages was held in Manchester, Tennessee, over Labor Day weekend, with approximately 150 runners toeing the line. At 74 years old, Bob Becker, race director of the Keys 100, won this year, s...

Temptation 200

Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” The Temptation 200 was kind of like that. Sand Ridge State Forest is a 7,200-acre oak and pine forest situated about 30 minutes southwest o...

Wasatch Front

For 40 years, starting in 1980, the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run, has been held without interruption. This year, 301 runners started and 208 runners (69%) finished the run by the 5 p.m. cutoff on Saturday, at the...

November 2019

First light on the last day of Tahoe 200, heading up to Ellis Peak at mile 197 of 205. Following a crazy snowstorm the day before, racers were treated to a crisp Tahoe sunrise as they hit their final summit of the race. Photo: Hilary Matheson